For Immediate Release:
September 21, 2020

NHPCO advocacy affiliate recognizes hospice professionals who have advocated for hospice and palliative care legislation

(Alexandria, Va) – The Hospice Action Network, the advocacy affiliate of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s My Hospice Ambassador Awards. My Hospice Ambassadors are advocates selected by NHPCO for their commitment and willingness to engage with federal lawmakers with the goal of enhancing awareness of hospice and palliative care public policy issues. The awards reflect the extra level of dedication these Ambassadors have demonstrated to advancing person-centered legislation.

The award recipients are as follows:

Ambassador of the Year 2019
Sandy Kuhlman
Hospice Services of Northwest Kansas, Phillipsburg, KS

Ambassador of the Year 2020
Nikkie Ellis
Infinity Hospice Care, Las Vegas, NV

Needle-Mover Award
Cortland Young
Central Coast VNA and Hospice, Monterey, CA

“Over the past two years, our Ambassadors have been instrumental to NHPCO and the HAN team’s efforts to advancing hospice and palliative care policies,” said Edo Banach, NHPCO President & CEO. “Because of their leadership, we have garnered new cosponsors on bills like the Rural Access to Hospice Act and the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act, developed new congressional champions, and forged important relationships with Hill staff.”

Learn more about how hospice benefits patients and families at


Jon Radulovic
Vice President, Communications
Ph: 571-412-3937